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Review by Dr. Douglas L. Hazen

  • Review of Puddles of Ithaca by Dr. Douglas L. Hazen
    The new children’s picture book Puddles of Ithaca by author Richard Davison chronicles a bygone era missing from today’s Americana. Reading Mr. Davison’s book is like a journey into a Norman Rockwell painting. What is provided for the reader is a brief look into our past, a time when life was immeasurably simpler. This was the pre-Sputnik period. People had no cell phones, few had TV’s, milk was delivered twice per week to the front door in glass bottles, children  who played in the communities were actually known by their neighbors, the drive-in-movie theater entertained whole families, and movie houses offered ¢.50 three-hour Saturday afternoon matinees for the kids. Towns still had corner grocery stores and pharmacies had soda bars. Such is the setting of Mr. Davison’s new book.
    Puddles of Ithaca is a story of young boy – it so happens the boy is the book’s author – set during this idealic  time in a small town in Upstate New York. The boy is given a choice by a neighbor of selecting a puppy from a dog’s litter.  Puddles of Ithaca is a delightful short story of the relationship that develops between this boy and his dog. It even has a heroic moment when Puddles saves the family from a house fire. For parents who might want to share with their young children a wonderful view of America that is lost to our yesteryear, Puddles of Ithaca provides this opportunity. Enjoy!
    Dr. Douglas L. Hazen
    Published by Xlibris Publishing and Illustrated by

Puddles Liked Waterfalls

stock-footage-a-wide-waterfall-flows-over-rock-ledges-in-ithaca-falls-new-yorkMy Puddles of Ithaca had access to places like this, in the photo:  Waterfalls.  All she had to do was take off and go in back of the Ithaca College Infirmary near woods on our street, Willets Place, off East Buffalo Street in Ithaca, and go down the trails to the water, the paths, and then relax in the cool water and view the beautiful sights.  Ithaca College was, in those years, on East Hill, and is now on South Hill.  Both Ithaca College and Cornell University dorms,  fraternities and sororities surrounded us, plus wonderful neighbors who helped make our childhood years like none other!  This waterfall is a symbol of all the waterfalls one can find in Ithaca and the surrounding areas.  This type of scene holds many memories for all of us who were children (and pets) in beautiful Ithaca, New York.

Profile, Richard R. Davison, Puddles of Ithaca


Richard Raymond Davison is a retired educator who has embarked on an exciting writing career. His first book is Puddles of Ithaca, published by and illustrated by It is a non-fiction storybook/picture book, about the wonderful relationship of a small boy (the author) and his beloved mixed-breed beagle dog. It takes place in an historic neighborhood, sixty plus years ago, on East Hill in Ithaca, New York. The neighborhood was surrounded by both Ithaca College and Cornell University buildings, students, professors, and the environment was outstanding. Mr. Davison is married to another educator, Dorinda Garcia Davison, and his children, Michele Davison Espinoza and Roxanne Davison Moreno, are very supportive of Mr. Davison’s writing endeavors. He has over one hundred freelanced articles published on the Internet with and the Yahoo!, Contributors Network. His studies include graduating from Ithaca High School, studying further at Ithaca’s Cascadilla Preparatory School, on the Cornell University campus, and then attending and graduating with degrees from the University of Tampa (BS, Education), the University of South Florida (MA, Gifted Education), and the University of Florida (Ed.S, Educational Leadership). He also studied with the Institute of Children’s Literature and the Nikon School of Photography. Mr. and Mrs. Davison met at the University of Tampa and married on the same day they graduated. They have four grandchildren: Mikayla Dorinda, Sebastian Alejandro, Manuel Ricardo and Nicholas Eduardo. They travel to Spain as often as they can to visit Mrs. Davison’s relatives and have visited Italy, the Greek islands, and Turkey. When they can they also like to visit places in the United States, and especially New York State, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Virginia and California.

Helping Other Writers and Authors


We all know how important is to have been helped by other writers and authors.

Now, it is our turn to do the same thing.


For starters, I always try to take the time to answer someone’s question when I come upon it, and after I decide if anything I contribute might in some way help.

When I freelance for Yahoo! Voices and do the same for, I sometimes come across a very valid question and ‘give my two cents,’ so to speak, in what I try to have come across as a dignified and helpful answer.

There have been many times when I have been searching with that I have found both my name and my answer published someplace on the Internet, as if it is VERY important.

When that happens, it is a very warm feeling that fills my being, that not only did I answer the question, but maybe it helped many persons and not just one.

Don’t ask me how it got there, to have hundreds and maybe more see it.  It would be too difficult to find out about all the technology that brought it there.  However, a main point to mention is that one must be careful, be positive, and only answer questions when you know that your knowledge or experience could greatly help another person.

It is all ‘pay it forward,’ isn’t it?  It is helping others because others have helped US.

It is like in teaching; we never know how much we have influenced others for the better.

May we all help one another and stress QUALITY at all times! Was it General Electric that had the ad: ‘Quality is our most important product.’?

Lastly, I would like to mention that it is surprising sometimes to realize that each of us has come far and we DO know something good to share. 

Best regards!


Author’s Non-Fiction Storybook/Picture Book

Author's Non-Fiction Storybook/Picture Book

Published Book Cover

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